Island Style food with Bold Asian Flavors. We pride ourselves in bringing fresh affordable farm to table food dishes to the community.
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1 Review on “Islands Grill”
My wife and I went to a restaurant that is new to us, and pretty much new to the county. You can ask Tracie, she may not have been excited about going to dinner in Vernonia. I have read the restaurant’s website, menu, and Facebook posts and thought, what the hell. The Islands Grill in Vernonia is a great take on Asian, Island food. I love Asian food but have a difficult time finding a place that I can eat due to my food allergy. Anyway, I ordered the combo #1 which was Kalua Pork, Lumpia, steamed veggies, and rice. Chef Pedro ( I am not able to tag Chef Pedro) cooked that Kalua Pork just perfect, tender, brown in color, sweet in flavor, and just the slightest hint of salt. Next, I tried the Lumpia, which are Filipino Spring Rolls. They are deep-fried in Canola oil (I checked to make sure it wasn’t Soy oil that is used) to a slight golden brown. Bite into one of them and you are met with a crispy crunch, moist mixture of meat, and veggies finely ground. I did not dip these in a sauce, ate them as they were, and was very happy. My veggies (a single serving) were cooked exactly how I like veggies, warm, still very crunchy, and bite-size. My single serving of rice was fluffy, sticky (it was sticky rice), and neutral in flavor. I didn’t add a sauce to the rice, instead, I mixed it with the Kalua pork. Washed it all down with a Shasta Tiki Punch (haven’t had one of those in four decades), as they do not sell alcoholic drinks. Finally, I need to let you know about a secret Chef Pedro has. That secret is called Dirty Fries. Crispy, crinkle-cut fries topped with Kalua Pork, and house made gravy (which tasted it was made from the drippings of the Kalua Pork). These things were amazing. Crispy, salty, sweet, and messy due to the gravy. It’s been four days since I ate at this restaurant, and I’m still thinking about those damn Dirty fries. So, if you are looking for some Asian fusion food, head out to Vernonia, and visit the Islands Grill. Oh, I just saw they added a new dish, lemon pepper chicken. Looks good, may have to take another trip soon.
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